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Three Mops Waited

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by Bryan Costales

Three mops waited on the porch railing of a high school in San Francisco, California. They waited outside a door, as if in trouble for a classroom fight. Perhaps the two gray haired mops fought the blue haired mop, and now all three were in trouble.

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The Sign

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by Bryan Costales

The sign was a mural painted on the side of 1716 L Street, Sacramento, California. It read, "OLD SOUL CO." and "Roasters • Bakers • Artisans" and "☜ In The Alley".

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Pogo Stick

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by Bryan Costales

A girl on a pogo stick was created from an electric pipe emerging from the ground and terminating at a metal box. With just a bit of paint, the dull box was turned into a delightful girl on a pogo stick.

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Boy Standing On Hands

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by Bryan Costales

A metal bumper, intended to protect the corner of a concrete building, had been converted into a delightful image of a boy posed in a hand stand. Sadly he had posed so long that a plant grew over one hand, and dirt had given him the appearance of a tough beard.

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Later Mural

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by Bryan Costales

A later floral mural was painted on that wall. It carefully incorporated the earlier commercial mural into itself.

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Twin Mops

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by Bryan Costales

Twin mops with blue hair hung out on the porch railing of a High School in San Francisco, California. Both mops appeared angry as if upset by some high school affront recently felt.

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The Signature

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by Bryan Costales

The artist's signature was at the base of the mural. It indicated that the mural was by, "A.Lynn," or Amanda Lynn. The word, "Whaio" was sketched in pink below the signature. It was either the title of the mural, or was added later as a bit of graffiti. We chose to interpret it as the title. There was no indication of when (in what year) the mural was painted.

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The Hair

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by Bryan Costales

The hair was styled up high in a formal manner. Many tiny pink bows held the hair in place. One long curl fell down behind the skeletal neck of the woman. Notice a squirt of red spray paint decorated the metal to the right of the mural.

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Skeletal Formal Bound

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by Bryan Costales

An image of a woman, apparently bound, and reduced to a skeleton inside her clothes. The mural is narrow because it was painted on a narrow concrete pillar that formed part of the entrance to Alioto's Garage on Folsom Street.

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Black Leafs

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by Bryan Costales

A closer shot of the mural revealing that the leafs behind the rose were black, and the petals of the rose were gray.

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Gray Wall

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by Bryan Costales

A black, gray, and white rose mural was painted on a gray wall of a cinder block building, and drawn next to a gray gas meter.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

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by Terry Costales

It was beautiful day in Santa Cruz and I had been photographing the sea lions when this pelican landed a few feet away on the pier railing. If there was ever a compelling visual argument for birds being the modern descendants of dinosaurs, it's the pelican. I could easily imagine them flying just out of reach above the snapping jaws of some aquatic sea monster.

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Leopard Tortoise (Geochelone pardalis)

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by Terry Costales

A very large, old Leopard Tortoise sunned itself that afternoon.

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Raft of Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)

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by Terry Costales

For an unforgettable wildlife experience, I highly recommend the Elkhorn Slough Safari in Moss Landing. We saw over one hundred sea otters, almost eighty harbor seals and dozens of sea lions very up close and personal. This photo shows a raft of about eighty sea otters. Raft is the official label for a bunch of otters hanging out together, looking like a raft. In addition to sea mammals, I also photographed sixteen species of birds. The trip was two hours of wildlife bliss. There were a few . . .

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Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)

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by Terry Costales

Catching the afternoon sun, the master of the grasses rests in its domain.

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Snowy Egret and Great Egret

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by Terry Costales

The larger Great Egret was stalked by the smaller Snowy Egret.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

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by Terry Costales

A flock of pelicans flying in typical formation with Anacapa island in the background.

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African Spurred Tortoise (Geochelone sulcata)

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by Terry Costales

A very large tortoise with an imposing look.

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

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by Terry Costales

I know they are wild animals with big teeth and claws but jeez, don't they look cuddly?!

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Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)

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by Terry Costales

This Capybara needs a good brushing.

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Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)

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by Terry Costales

A capybara peeking coyly from behind its giant palm frond.

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Macaws

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by Terry Costales

Two Macaws preening one another. A very intimate, gentle moment in a birds' life.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis californicus)

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by Terry Costales

These two pelicans were one pair of dozens loitering around the marina, all waiting for a fishy opportunity. The one on the left was an immature bird which had not grown into its adult plumage.

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Black-crowned Night Heron

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by Terry Costales

This bedraggled juvenile black-crowned night heron was perched on the dock near the boat we were going to use. I hoped it wasn't a harbinger of how our trip would turn out.

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Rectangles Within Rectangles

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by Bryan Costales

Another design featured rectangles within rectangles, and curves within curves as part of its design elements.

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